‘Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten’, according to Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park.
There are no dinosaurs in No Bodies, the second Kent Fisher Mystery, but it’s been a monster first edit, shaving over 10,000 words from the original draft. While there’s more editing and revising to do, I’m pleased with the results so far.
The plot hangs together, the backstory poses some new challenges and obstacles, and Kent’s lost none of his wit and humour since his first outing.
I’m looking forward to more editing and rewriting over the coming months before it’s ready for release.
Watch this space!
websites are also rewritten.
I’ve just completed a revamp of the website to make it more informative to visitors. The front page now has the great photo Carol took of Harvey and me to welcome people, along with a little more
detail about the site. The biography page has had the biggest overhaul with some dodgy, if not
embarrassing, photos from my youth and more personal details.
Did you know, for instance, that I won a national short story competition at the age of 12?
Why not take a look at some of the other changes and get a free copy of Case Files while you’re there? It contains the more humorous incidents from my early years in environmental health, including the curious case involving Dr Windbreaker’s Fart Powder (I kid you not!)
All you need to do is sign up using the form or the website or the one at the bottom of this post.
Fisher’s Fables also went through a rewrite and edit.
before it was published on Amazon recently. Some of you may have read and followed the original Fisher’s Fables blog, which ran between 2007 and 2014.
The blogs were such fun to write and evolved from my somewhat irreverent views of management into a full-blown sitcom, filled with great characters and relationships. The results often had me chuckling away and it was wonderful to revisit them and write two new blogs to take the story to the point where No Accident begins.
The reviews so far have surpassed all expectations, especially the latest one, which said, ‘This is a great book. It’s bone dry humour, wicked observations, and super storytelling. You hear it all the time, but in this instance it’s true… I could not put it down.’
And all for 99p.
I’m in danger of revising my view of Eastbourne Council if it sells off the freehold to farms it owns on the South Downs. While this could raise millions of pounds for the council, people fear it could lead to unwanted development.
The council plans to offer the farms to the current leaseholders, or other prominent landowners, such as the Duke of Devonshire. The council believes the existing rights of way and farming use will be protected and not change as the area is within the South Downs National Park.
I hope they’re right because as someone who runs and walks across much of this land, I would hate it to change or be lost in any way.
Till next week.